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Subject: Boston Weekly Journal - Gleanings, etc.
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 11:02:10 -0400
Boston Weekly Journal, Thursday, Dec. 27, 1888
This paper was out of sequence and I didn't realize it. It is badly torn
and pieces missing so that I will not be able to include some things.
The first story of the Houghton robbery is in this issue and it has a lot
missing so I will try to give the highlights and not the whole article.
The Jan. 10, 1889 issue of the paper which I sent last night had a
followup on this story.
Robbery and Probable Murder
A Merchant of Wilton, ME, Terribly Beaten and Robbed
Farmington, ME., Dec. 23. H. S. HOUGHTON, who keeps a hardware store in
Wilton, locked up last night about 10 o'clock and started home. Soon
after he was found lying in a pool of his blood in the road near his
house insensible, in which condition he has remained since. There are
indications of foul play, as the keys to his store and safe and other
pocket articles are missing. A suspicious character was noticed about
town in the afternoon and officers are now on his tract. From
appearances Houghton was struck at the base of the brain with a heavy
club and again struck on top of the head after falling. His physician is
unable to state the extent of his injury now. Later reports state that
HOUGHTON is a raving maniac this evening. He was not in the ahbit of
carrying much money on his person, and it is not known whether he had any
with him when waylaid, as no one can get into the safe at the store.
The rest of the article has large parts missing.......
Took His Life Rather Than Meet Disgrace
Kansas City, Dec.23. Ex-Captain of Police Charles DITSCH was found dead
this morning in Union Cemetery. He was lying on his daughter's grave
with a ghastly bullet wound in the head, while a murderous looking
44-calibre revolver told the rest of the story. He had charge of the
funds of the Police Relief Association and his suicide is supposed to be
due to his being short in his accounts. On Saturday he gave a check for
$1000 to a man who had negotiated a loan on the funds of the association.
Upon presenting it at the bank the statement was made that there were no
funds to his credit. The total assets in the fund were about $10,000, of
which about $4500 were in notes and the rest in cash. It is supposed
that there is very little left, although DITSCH's safe has not been
opened. The dead man had resigned some months ago to start a saloon
which was profitable, but it is understood that he started several
friends in the same business and appropriated the police funds for the
purpose. The revolver with which he killed himself once belonged to
Jesse JAMES, who gave it to Bob FORD, who in turn presented it to DITSCH.
Other New England Matters
Indicted for Manslaughter
Augusta, ME., Dec. 24. On Sunday morning, Nov. 25, C. A. LUCE and Frank
HART were hauling a scow from the water at Town Landing. MULVERHILL and
a party of friends came to a barn near by, took several drinks and
watched them. MULVERHILL wanted to fight and bothered LUCE in his work,
when LUCE pushed him away. MULVERHILL hit him in the left eye, knocking
him down. LUCE worked an hour, then went home, but blood oozing upon his
brain from a ruptured blood vessel made him unconscious, and he died the
next afternoon. MULVERHILL was indicted for manslaughter, and his trial
began Saturday. Today MULVERHILL was found guilty of manslaughter.
Sentenced for Life
Bennington, VT., Dec. 24. The County Court closed its December term
tonight after disposing of a vast amount of business. John KEENAN and
James GUNSHANNON, convicted of murder in the second degree, received life
sentences. They had nothing to say why sentence should not be passed
upon them. KEENAN answered "NO"
in a defiant tone and GUNSHANNON simply said "Nothing". The prisoners
will be taken to Windsor tonight and kept until the Supreme Court in
February decides the law appoints involved in the exceptions taken to
Judge TAFT's charge to the jury.
Fatal Gunning Accident
Rockville, CT., Dec. 24. Thomas M. DAGGART, aged 14, of Talcottville was
accidentally shot and instantly killed by James MOREY, aged 20, while
they were squirrel hunting in Vernon woods early this morning. MOREY
returned to Talcottville so crazed by grief that he could not tell where
the body was, and citizens searched three hours before it was found.
A Child Drowned in a Tub of Water
Bridgeport, CT., Dec. 24. A two-year-old son of Robert NORTON was
drowned at his home in East Bridgeport this afternoon. Mrs. NORTON left
a tub of hot water standing on the floor while she went to a neighboring
store to make some purchases, and during her absense the little fellow
tell headlong into the tub and drowned.
A Fire Bug Convicted of Murder in the Second Degree--An Alleged
Philadelphia, PA., Dec. 21. Max GOLDBERGER, whose second hand clothing
store at 706 South street was burned on April 12, and who has been on
trail for the past four days charged with the murder of Mrs. annie
SCHULTZERG, who lost her life in attempting to escape from the building,
was tonight found guilty of murder in the second degree. The evidence
showed quite conclusively that the fire was incendiary, and that the
place was fired for the purpose of obtaining $1200 insurance money. The
evidence also developed reasonable grounds for the belief that there
exists in this city, New York, Boston and perhaps other cities a well
organized bank of firebugs, who furnish the men and means for burning the
property of any one who wishes to realize the insurance money. The usual
penalty inflicted for murder in the second degree is about twelve years.
GOLDBERGER will appeal.
News from Day to Day
Thursday, Dec. 20.
A cablegram from London announced yesterday the fact that a compromise
had been effected with Thomas AXWORTHY, the absconding City Treasurer of
Cleveland, OH. The compromise does not include his immunity from arrest
if he returns to America.
The Essex Congregational Club celebrated its one hundredth meeting last
evening and Fore fathers' day. Rev. Dr. Edward Everett HALE delivered
The Board of Government of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic
Association took appropriate action yesterday in relation to the death of
Nathaniel J. BRADLEE.
The report that Jay GOULD is ill and is going on a sea voyage is
contradicted by GOULD' s doctor.
Geo. A. LEAVITT, a well-known book and bric-a-brac auctioneer of New
York, died on Tuesday.
Friday, Dec. 21
William C. HOWARD, alias "Hungry Joe", the New York bunco steerer,
yesterday afternnon pleaded guilty in the Criminal Court at Baltimore to
the charge of swindling William G. BANSEMER out of $5000, and was
sentenced to nine years in the penitentiary.
Edward W. DINGLEY, son of Congressman DINGLEY, was married to Miss Miriam
ROBINSON of Neponset last evening.
Hon. Samuel E. SEWALL, prominent in anti-slavery and reform movement,
died last evening at his home here in Boston.
Mr. J. N. MATTHEWS, editor and proprietor of the Buffalo Express, died
Saturday, Dec. 22
Edward J. BRITTON and Benjamin B. ABBY were thrown from a buggy on Beacon
Street last night and badly injured.
President CLEVELAND has pardoned Benjamin HOPKINS of Cincinnati Fidelity
John Hubbard STEPHENSON, a former prominent New York business man, is
President John W. HENRY of the Shoe and Leather National Bank died
Monday, Dec. 23
Edwin BOOTH and Lawrence BARRETT have identified themselves with the
movement to prevent the importation of foreign actors.
A woman at Paterson, NJ, on Saturday fell on the railway track. She was
rescued before the locomotive reached her, but died from fright.
Tuesday, Dec. 24
At the session of the Board of Alderman Monday the Mayor in a
communication announced the resignation of Col. E. P. NETTLETON,
Corporation Counsel, on account of continued ill health. Mr. Andrew J.
BAILEY, City Solicitor was nominated to fill the vacancy.
William A. BOND of Lynn is earning a good reputation for saving lives. On
Saugus River Monday night he saved the seventh person from drowning.
A young man and his sister were drowned in Jamaica Pond last evening.
They were skating and fell into an air hole.
Rev. James RAND, an honored resident of Dover, NH, died yesterday.
Wednesday, Dec. 25
Ezra STANLEY of Manchester, MA, was killed on the Boston and Maine
crossing near Manchester Saturday night.
The bodies of the VAUGHN children, drowned at Jamaica Plain on Monday
evening, have been recovered.
William FISHER was drowned on Christmas Day while skating on the Back Bay
The Rev. J. H. HEYWARD of the Unitarian Church, Melrose, will conduct the
services at the funeral of Hon. Samuel E. SEWALLl at the Church of the
Disciples on Sunday at 1 o'clock, and Rev. O. A. ROBERT will occupy the
desk of the Melrsoe church and preach the Chirstmas discourse.
The will of Mrs. Mary F. CUTLER of South Framingham bequeathes her former
estate on Cherry street, valued at some $2500, and $1500 in cash
additional to the American Missionary Association and the new West
The Trinitarian Congregational Church of Malden has elected the following
officers for the ensuing year: Clerk, Arthur W. WALKER; Treasurer,
Hebert PORTER; Deacon, C. W. [ the rest torn].
The Young People's League of Melrose connected with the Methodist Church
has elected officers for 1889. President, E. C. BRIGHAM; Vice
Presidents, Lucy C. SELEE,
[torn]ed WELDON; Secretary, E. H. WHITE; Treasurer, William JACKSON;
Auditor, H. G. FIELDS, Jr.; Directors, F. H. MERRILL, E. A. ORMSBY, F.
HUNT; Misses Emma WEEKS, Mary PARKER, Car[torn] Lavender.
Rev. I. H. B. HEADLEY is carrying on evangelistic meetings at Manchester,
VT, where there have been several hopeful conversions.
Rev. B. Fay MILLS closed his [torn] in Roxbury Friday night. He will go
to Keene, NH., Jan. 10, for a few days, and thence to Philadelphia, PA.
Rev. F. STARBIRD, pastor of the [torn] Baptist Church, Farmington, ME.,
is about to remove his family from East Dixfield to Farmington.
Rev. Edgar WARREN of Andover Seminary has received a call to the
Congregational Church of Claremont, NH.
Rev. J. B. HARRISON, an agent of the Philadelphia Indian Rights
Assciation, is [ torn] a vacation at his home in Franklin Falls, ME.
Rev. Henry DAVIS of Concord, NH, has declined a call to the
Congregational Church at Hingham, MA.
A dispatch from Chicago states that Rev. Dr. Arthur LITTLE, of the New
England Congregational Church, has decided to accept the call to the
Second Church in Dorchester, MA. Dr. LITTLE, who is 51 years old, was
born in Boscawen, NH, graduated at Dartmouth
[torn.......................]. He was a Chaplain in the Army of the
Potomac and afterwards in the Army of Shenandoah, during the war.
Canon KNOX-LITTLE, the English deivine who is attracting attention in New
York City, wears gloves in the pulpit.
The First Universalist Parish of South Framingham has voted to extend a
call to [ torn.]
PORTER of North Attleboro.
Rev. Wilbur JOHNSON of Medfield [ torn................] a call to the
pastorate of the [ torn....] Church in Slatersville, RI.
Mr. John CAMERON was ordained [torn........] try and installed over the
Ba[torn................] Centreville, RI.
[ Next 3 items torn out too much to make sense]
Rev. Jonathan GREENLEAF of Hobart, NY, and family are at Milford, NH.
Rev. James RAND of Dover, NH is dangerously ill.
Rev. Marion CROSLEY of Portland, ME, has accepted the call of St. Paul's
Church, Springfield, MA, at a salary of $2500 a year.
The wife of Rev. John B. GILMAN of Concord, NH, is the author of "The
Pilgrim Scrip," a compilation from the works of George MEREDITH, and
preface, with an extended and appreciative commentary on his life and
Rev. William A. THOMAS, who has been installed pastor of the
Congregational Church at Milford, NH, was graduated from Mt. Union
College, OH in 1880, and from Yale Divinity School in 1882. He has had
two previous pastorates, one at West Springfield and the other at Conway,
Rev. G. A. STRONG, rector of Grace Church, New Bedford, has resigned on
account of ill health.
Rev. Dr. HOLLAND of St. Louis has declined the call of St. Paul's Church
in this city. His present parish is very much attached to him and has
made every effort to retain
Rev. Jasper P. HARVEY of the Congreational Church in Feeding Hills, MA
has given notice that his ministry there would end Apr. 1, or sooner if
Rev. H. A. BLAKE, recently of Providence, RI, has accepted a call to
The South Congregational Society of Salem, at a meeting Monday night,
concurred with the church in calling Rev. James BRODIE of Vermont to
becomes its pastor.
Rev. W. W. HAYDEN has resigned the pastorate of the Free Baptist Church
at Whitefield, NH to take effect in March.
Eighteen person have recently been baptized in the Baptist Church at
Claremont, NH, Rev. J. H. ROBBINS, pastor.
Will continue this issue later.